Dundrum, County Down

Castlewellan Forest Park

Castlewellan Forest Park is roughly 8 miles from Dundrum and offers many opportunities for walking and fishing.  The 450 hectare park is home to one of Europe's finest tree and shrub collections and the path around its one mile long lake showcases modern sculpture and 18th century landscaping.

The entrance to Castlewellan Forest Park is clearly marked from the centre of Castlewellan.  The long driveway heads towards Castlewellan Castle with signs for the car park at the side of Castlewellan Lake.  There is a charge for using the car park but regular users may consider purchasing a season ticket that allows access to all forest parks in Northern Ireland and, as of February 2009, costs £35 for a year.

Castlewellan Castle is a Scottish style baronial castle built in 1856.  It was built for the Annesley family and is now used as a conference centre.   There is normally no access to Castlewellan Castle for the general public.

Castlewellan Lake

At the heart of Castlewellan Forest Park is Castlewellan Lake, a mile long lake stocked with over 10,000 fish.  There is a well maintained footpath and cycleway that follows the edge of Castlewellan Lake and has distance markers at regular intervals.  A variety of sculptures are displayed along the path. 

Castlewellan Castle